The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million people, has been under a blockade since 2007, which has paralyzed its economy and led to severe shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel. According to the U.N., at least 80 percent of the population is dependent on external assistance.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. We were on the ground providing aid during the most recent conflict and responded to flooding in December 2013, the Israel-Hamas conflict in 2008-09, and border closures in 2005
- Children & Youth: Providing educational mentoring, one-on-one tutoring and psychosocial support for young people, who make up half the population
- Economic opportunity: Expanding employment opportunities, especially in the internet technology sector, by providing training, networking opportunities and seed funding for startups
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Life and Death on the Sea
Wadi Salqa, Gaza Strip — Despite dire living conditions, Gazans are known for their warm hospitality. But when Mansur Al Saleem invited me to visit his family home last Wednesday, it was not so much an invitation as an explanation.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Letter to Secretary Rice
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Madame Secretary,
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): In the Crossfire: Needs Persist in Gaza
Mercy Corps delivered food aid to 317 impoverished families on July 26, part of a continuing effort to ease humanitarian needs in a situation the UN says continues to deteriorate.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): A Growing Despair
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Struggling to Survive
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Connecting Two Cultures
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Gaza Beset By Food Shortages, Economic Woe
As the representatives of donor governments made fresh vows to rapidly establish a flow of aid to Palestinians on Monday, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Easing the Burden for Gaza's Disabled
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): When Life Gives You Olives
Khuloud Qassem used to think that making soap from olive oil required complex chemical compounds and snazzy technology.